Felixstowe nuclear scare
FELIXSTOWE was at the centre of a major nuclear scare earlier this month, the Home Office confirmed today.Anti-terrorist forces feared radioactive waste to create a so-called "dirty bomb" was being brought into Britain in a container through the port.
By Paul Geater
FELIXSTOWE was at the centre of a major nuclear scare earlier this month, the Home Office confirmed today.
Anti-terrorist forces feared radioactive waste to create a so-called "dirty bomb" was being brought into Britain in a container through the port.
But when the material was finally examined 70 miles away, it was found to be a small bolt that had somehow been contaminated and was no danger.
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The radioactivity was detected by equipment introduced earlier this year to spot material which could be smuggled in by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.
However a breakdown in communication between various agencies meant that the potentially dangerous cargo was not examined until it reached the end of its journey – Tilbury in Essex – after travelling through Ipswich, Colchester, and Chelmsford.
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For the full story, see Monday's Evening Star.